- Flat-clawed hermit crab
name = Flat-clawed hermit crab
subphylum = Crustacea
genus = "
species = "P. pollicaris"
binomial = "Pagurus pollicaris"
binomial_authority = Say, 1817
The flat-clawed hermit crab, "Pagurus pollicaris", is a
hermit crabcommonly found along the Atlantic coast of the U.S. It inhabits discarded snailshells, to which hermit crab anemones sometimes attach. It occurs on all types of substrate, and is often found on mud flats at low tide. The adult flat-clawed hermit crab is typically 1¼ inches (32 mm) long, one inch (25 mm) wide, oblong, whitish or pale tan gray, with brown eye-stalks.
The diet of the flat-clawed hermit crab comprises organic matter,
algae, and sometimes other hermit crabs. Fishare the most important predators of this species.
The flat-clawed hermit crab is also known as the broad-clawed and thumb-clawed hermit crab.
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